2019 – Forthcoming Events


Championship Show  – Sunday April 7th 2019 – AGM starts at 9.45am
Littleport Leisure Centre, Camel Road, Littleport, Cambs CB6 1EW

Open Show – Sunday November 17th 2019
Buckden Village Hall, Burberry Road, Buckden, Cambs PE19 5UY

Open Show Critique – Colin Girling – 25th November 2018

East Anglia Border Terrier Club Open Show 25th November 2018

Venue: Buckden Millennium Centre, Burberry Road, Buckden, Cambs PE19 5UY

Judge: Mr Colin Girling (Benattivo) – Entries: 74 making 102, 5 NFC


Best In Show: Chatmoss Bullet Tooth Tony JW

Reserve Best In Show: Torryburn Cadenza

Best Dog: Chatmoss Bullet Tooth Tony JW

Reserve Best Dog: Broadsmill Horatio Nelson

Best Puppy – Dog: Stowthorney Wicker Man

Best Bitch: Torryburn Cadenza

Reserve Best Bitch: Onthill La Rock At Grizzledale

Best Puppy – Bitch: Picer Martha Logen

Best Puppy: Picer Martha Logen

Best Veteran: Southash Cherry Bliss at Smurfski

Many thanks for the invitation to judge and for the warm welcome and support received on the day, special mention to my lead steward Robert Brewster. I was pleased that I received such large minor puppy entries in both dogs and bitches; it was lovely to see the youngsters and so many new and enthusiastic exhibitors too. The show represented a first outing for some and I hope the day was enjoyable for both four and two legged beginners. Overall the exhibits were well turned out and in good condition with only a few slightly overweight and some dirty or stained teeth; coats were at both ends of the scale. I really did feel the show had a good sporting atmosphere throughout the day and I thank all those who attended for making it a thoroughly enjoyable experience.


Minor Puppy Dog – Entries: 9   Absentees: 2

1st – Southash Blue Jasper (Mr J & Mrs I M Southam)

Seven month old blue and tan with good muzzle, sound straight front, excellent tail set and rear angulation, harsh double jacket, moved out well to take the class.

2nd – Grizzledale King Of War (Mrs M J Medhurst)

Another promising youngster, just needs time for his head to develop, today he moved with drive and purpose.

3rd – Torryburn Schiehallon (Miss J Aldis)

Res – Grizzledale War Cry (Mrs C J Burgess)

VHC – Glen Mara Oh Viedo At Kersfell (Mrs M Sneddon)

Puppy Dog – Entries: 4   Absentees: 1

1st – Stowthorney Wicker Man (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)

This fit and athletic young male was shown in excellent coat and condition, liked his dark eye and neat well placed ears, good well laid back rib and topline finished off with nice tail. Pleased to award best puppy dog and reserve best puppy in show, think we will be hearing good things about this boy next year.

2nd – Torryburn Schiehallon (Miss J Aldis)

Nice puppy with good muzzle, a little short on coat today he couldn’t match the winner in striding out.

3rd – Otterwood Sirius (Mr S Joy)

Junior Dog – Entries: 5   Absentees: 1

1st – Broadsmill Horatio Nelson (Mrs L Pinkham)

Another promising youngster with a bright future I am sure, a masculine head with pleasing expression, shown in supper coat and condition he used his good rear angulation and drive to impress enough to win class and secure a well-deserved reserve best dog in show.

2nd – Torryburn Allegro (Miss J Aldis)

A lot to like about this slightly smaller but very well constructed grizzle dog, otter like head and expression a very good feature along with coat and pelt, just needed a bit more drive from behind today.

3rd – Onthill Nighthawk (Mr V J & Mrs M Pearce)

Res – Jrasamuyr Campbell Black (Miss C Khatchikian)

Novice Dog – No Entries

Post Graduate Dog – Entries: 3   Absentees: 1

1st – Fisherbloom All Eyez On Me (Miss G Adams)

Although short on coat today I preferred his head and accurate movement, neat well placed ears and strong muzzle.

2nd – Borderpoint Obsidian (Mr R W & Mrs L H Steel)

Liked his coat and condition and made this a tough decision, a bit of pacing on the move let him down today.

Limit Dog – Entries: 5   Absentees: 1

1st – Chatmoss Bullet Tooth Tony JW (Miss J Hughes & Mr M J L Kendrick)

My Best in Show was in great coat and condition today. I loved his head and reach of neck; he kept his topline at all times and used his strong hind quarters to really impress in the challenge where he won me over.

2nd – Mysulan Going Solo JW (Mrs S J Baxter)

Another super blue and tan border shown well and in good condition, loved his dark eye and head, he is narrow and drove out well, just preferred reach of stride in my winner.

3rd – Glebeheath Smash N’grab At Jordith (Mrs L.M.I & Mr A.M. Jordan-Smith)

Res – Jrasamuyr Campbell Black (Miss C Khatchikian)

Open Dog – Entries: 4   Absentees: 1

1st – Breckgreen Soldier Blue (Mrs. J. Green)

This man was shown in the best of coat and condition, he is fit and athletic and his narrow construction could not be faulted. His strong but not overloaded shoulder and good rear angulation allowed him to move freely with purpose both ways. His head is strong and workman like.

2nd – Tarkaswell Smart Move To Otterwood (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)

Smart dog with a good head; ear and eye more to my preference but coat going over today. He is slightly wider in front than my winner but none the less on another day my placings may have been reversed if in equal condition.

3rd – Jrasamuyr Codex (Miss C Khatchikian)

Special Beginners Dog – Entries: 2   Absentees: 1

Entries: 2   Absentees: 1

1st – Mr Emerald Tease Murphy (Mrs A Kennedy)

This eight month old puppy stood alone but has super coat and happy active character; his head should mature with time.

Veteran Dog – Entries: 2   Absentees: 1

1st – CH Otterwood Amex JW ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)

This 14 year oldest veteran in show was clearly still enjoying his day out and it was clear to see why his handsome head would qualify him for his well-deserved Champion status. Like myself a larger waistline comes with age but a pleasure to see and go over him today.

Special Working Dog or Bitch – Entries: 2   Absentees: 1

1st – CIB CH FR/IT/CRO/SLO Stonechester Question Von Jrasamuyr MFH (Miss C Khatchikian)

Short strong muzzle on this nicely headed grizzle dog, good coat with thinner than expected pelt, liked his shoulder and rear angulation was ok, nice tail but not well placed. Sorry to hear the sad news about the absent bitch entered in this class.

Minor Puppy Bitch – Entries: 11   Absentees: 1

1st – Picer Martha Logen (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)

Grabbed my attention from the second she entered the ring and her coat was matched by a super thick loose pelt. Her well-proportioned muzzle, excellent dentition, dark eye and neat well placed V shaped ears made for a very pleasing puppy bitch head. Feeling through her deep coat she was in great condition, she moved accurately and very well for one so young. Liked everything about her and she went on to take Best Puppy in Show.

2nd – Awbrooksky Margot Robbie (Mr R & Miss L Goddard)

Liked this young lady a lot too, she also had a good feminine head, a close decision and it will be interesting to watch these two develop and compete next year.

3rd – Ragatam Essence (Miss T Peacock)

Res – Borderella Sunflower Seed (Mrs P South)

VHC – Smurfski Seismic Bliss (Mr J Yore)

Puppy Bitch – Entries: 6   Absentees: 1

The beautiful quality puppies also showed up in this class making my job difficult but fun.

1st – Otterwood Diodem (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)

Good feminine head and expression with well placed ears, good reach of neck with ribs carried well back to give her the length of body and strength of loin to edge the class. Her rear angulation and drive also helped.

2nd – Ravenside Marsha At Jordith (Mrs L.M.I & Mr A.M. Jordan-Smith)

Very similar comments to winner, she has a beautiful head too, just preferred length of body on winner but I really am ‘splitting hairs’ between these two lovely exhibits.

3rd – Borderella Sunflower Seed (Mrs P South)

Res – Bramblebee Rose Wall (Mrs A J Wall)

VHC – Threaplands Primrose (Ms K Warner)

Junior Bitch – Entries: 7   Absentees: 0

1st – Broadsmill Ha’penny for Holteal (Mrs G Vaughan)

Another one that caught my eye when she entered the ring with her exceptionally good coat and obvious quality. I was not disappointed on the table, where all the right boxes were ticked for shoulder, pelt and overall condition. I wish I had a time machine and could have been judging this girl in a few months’ time as she was fresh out of puppy into junior, making her an ‘in-between conundrum’ for me today. The only thing that held me back from awarding better things was her maturity, I expect her to settle into a very bright future.

2nd – Mysulan Go Easy (Mrs S J Baxter)

Another lovely youngster with many appealing features including super head a great front and harsh double jacket all contained within a great sized package.

3rd – Emblehope Butterball At Leysh (Mrs C Ricks)

Res – Goxfell Reivers Rose (Mrs J Stamp & Mr D Joyce)

VHC – Twigglestone Somethin Else For Lessien (Miss S J Pateman)

Novice Bitch – Entries: 6   Absentees: 0

1st – Otterwood Diodem (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)

See puppy class for critique

2nd – Ravenside Marsha At Jordith (Mrs L.M.I & Mr A.M. Jordan-Smith)

See puppy class for critique

3rd – Emblehope Butterball At Leysh (Mrs C Ricks)

Res – Borderella Sunflower Seed (Mrs P South)

VHC – Bramblebee Rose Wall (Mrs A J Wall)

Post Graduate Bitch – Entries: 7   Absentees: 2

This was a strong class with tough choices for me all the way down to VHC.

1st – Onthill La Rock At Grizzledale (Mrs M Medhurst)

Loved her size and breed type, feminine head with soft expression, good top line and length of rib with strong loin finished off with super well set tail. Moved with purpose and went on to take reserve best bitch.

2nd – Hartswelin She’s The One (Miss L J Coleman)

Another super bitch also of correct size and much to like, just pipped to second place because of slight loss of topline on the move.

3rd – Stowthorney Clairvoyant (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)

Res – Ragatam Chit Chat (Miss T Peacock)

VHC – Bramblebee Rose Wall (Mrs A J Wall)

Limit Bitch – Entries: 7   Absentees: 1

1st – Torryburn Cadenza (Miss J Aldis)

This was my best bitch, where the breed type and size were just to my taste. Broad otter like skull with well-placed neat V shaped ears and dark eye. Good shoulder and harsh double jacket over super thick loose pelt, moved out well coming and going to impress both in this class and the lineup.

2nd – Hattie Hopefull For Bardenfox (Ms C Broomhead)

A lively girl with coat just coming in, good head with nice reach of neck, loved her cat like feet and thick pads, just lacked a bit of drive today.

3rd – Tilmoray Turtle Dove (Mrs M Small)

Res – Borderella Sweet Pea (Mrs P South)

VHC – Bramblebee Rose Wall (Mrs A J Wall)

Open Bitch – Entries: 5   Absentees: 2

1st – Byrewick Valentine (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)

Many virtues in this super blue and tan bitch with strong yet feminine head, loved her bodylines and flowing topline held on the move, top quality coat and pelt. Just wanted her to drive out a bit more from behind.

2nd – Jrasamuyr Violette Szabo (Miss C Khatchikian)

Best of this kennels dog’s today nice head, good coat and topline.

3rd – Bramblebee Rose Wall (Mrs A J Wall)

Special Beginners Bitch Entries: 6   Absentees: 1

1st – Ravenside Marsha At Jordith (Mrs L.M.I & Mr A.M. Jordan-Smith)

See Puppy class results for critique

2nd – Emblehope Butterball At Leysh (Mrs C Ricks)

Lovely type with one of the best bitch heads today, narrow through with good rear angulation and drive, unfortunately no coat on which to award higher placings – hope to see her looking at her best in the future.

3rd – Twigglestone Somethin Else For Lessien (Miss S J Pateman)

Res – Badgerbeck Tree Pipit At Tilmoray JW ShCM (Mrs M Small)

VHC – Threaplands Primrose (Ms K Warner)

Veteran Bitch – Entries: 4   Absentees: 1

1st – Southash Cherry Bliss at Smurfski (Mr J C B Yore)

Lovely size, special lady with super coat looking in great condition from her neat V shaped ears down to her well set carrot like tail.

2nd – Tilmoray Turtle Dove (Mrs M Small)

Larger but well-proportioned lady with stronger head than winner, still performing well and moving nicely.

3rd – Badgerbeck Tree Pipit At Tilmoray JW ShCM (Mrs M Small)


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ON SUNDAY MAY 20, 2018 AT 10.30 A.M.


Present:     Professor Steve Dean (SD) – in the Chair

                      Dr Andrew Harbottle (AH)

Dr Eddie Houston (EH)

Professor Jeff Sampson (JS)


In Attendance:

                        Ronnie Irving (RI)



It was agreed that the introduction of the DNA Test had been very successful and the take up by breeders was encouraging with over 722 dogs tested up to 28th March. It was noted that of these 620 (85.9%) were clear, 100 (13.9%) were carriers and 2 (0.2%) were affected. 1129 had been recorded as hereditarily clear.

It was confirmed that the breed clubs had all agreed that a request should be made to the KC for the official SLEM Test to become a recommendation for ABS members. This would be considered by the KC Health Group in early June and it was expected that the proposal would be accepted.

The issue of whether it should be recommended that SLEM tests should be carried out only by veterinary surgeons had been raised. The matter was discussed by the Group and it was agreed that this was not at all necessary.

It was agreed that one of the lessons to be learned from the whole issue of the way that SLEM had been dealt with, was that there was a need for emerging conditions to be handled differently in future. For emerging conditions where there appeared to be a material incidence, the creating of ‘open registers’ was discussed. While public recording of conditions might reduce the overall number of cases reported, it was felt that the advantage was that information being publicly available would be of benefit to breeders generally and would encourage open discussion. This, it was felt, would lead to prompter actions to establish the facts about a condition and speed up the possibility of finding solutions.

The Group agreed to employ this approach on some current emerging conditions. It would involve publication, on the BHG Website, of confirmed cases of such dogs, giving the KC registered name of the dog itself, and the names of its parents. It was also agreed that before introducing such a procedure, a protocol would be needed describing the type of diagnosis required as confirmation of the condition. Thereafter owners would be invited to declare dogs with the condition to the Breed Health Coordinator giving satisfactory details of the diagnosis.  After that the dog’s name would be added to the register.

It was agreed that, for the moment at least, there was enough advice on SLEM available on the BHG Website but it was felt that periodic reports should be made of the number of dogs tested, split between clears, carriers and affecteds. Similar information should be obtained from the USA and separate information should be produced for those overseas dogs recorded on the BHG Website.


The Group reviewed the notes previously produced after the CECS/PGSD Briefing Meeting held at the Animal Health Trust in February.

It was agreed that we should approach Mark Lowrie to ask what progress had been made in:

  • obtaining the relevant RCVS ethical approvals,
  • listing of precise requirements for dogs to be used for samples
  • recruiting sample dogs.

The Breed Health Group was expecting to be asked to help recruit suitable sample dogs.

It was agreed that if the sensitivity and specificity of the proposed test for Gluten Sensitivity could be finally approved, then it could be usefully used as both a diagnostic tool by veterinary surgeons and as a way of identifying cases.

Full support was given to the genetic research work to be done, but caution was expressed on how likely it was that the work would result in straightforward advice being available to breeders as a result. It was felt that the expectations of supporters of the breed should be moderated accordingly.

To illustrate the point, mention was made of the fact that in coeliac disease in humans, the genetic marker for the condition was present in around 45% of the general population while the incidence of the condition itself was very small in comparison. This meant that the genetic marker was not a good predictive tool for the clinical condition.

It was agreed that a final decision on the funding for phase two of the project should be delayed until the results of the recruitment phase had been established.

Disappointment was expressed on the fact that, so far, only three people had completed the CECS questionnaire on the Breed Health Group Website. This led the Group to ask whether this poor response was indicative of the Questionnaire not having a high enough profile, or of there being fewer cases of the condition than had originally been thought? It was agreed that the breed clubs should be asked to give as much publicity as possible to the Questionnaire and to encourage people to complete it where ever possible.

[Afternote: Subsequent investigation seems to indicate that information on cases of the condition is going directly to AHT and Mark Lowrie and so it may be sensible for the BHG to ask for numerical information from these two sources to get a more accurate picture and to ask them to encourage the owners of cases also to complete the BHG Questionnaire so that overall incidence of the condition can be properly evaluated.]

It was felt that sufficient advice on CECS was currently available on the BHC Website but that this aspect should be kept constantly under review.


 The Group had called for people whose dogs had the following possible emerging conditions to come forward with further information.

Gall Bladder Mucocoele:

Eight emails had been received reporting the condition in the breed, and the Nottingham Veterinary School was about to embark upon some research work on the issue. It was agreed that this work should be supported.

It was also agreed that the condition should be subject to an Open Register on the BHG Website but that first Steve Dean should write up a protocol for the diagnosis required before dogs’ names can be added to the Register.

Early Onset Cataract:

Three emails had been received giving details of nine dogs largely from international sources in the USA and Scandinavia.

It was agreed that Steve Dean should contact the Chairman of the UK BVA Eye Panel to ask if he/she could ask colleagues overseas, for any further information they might have of the condition in Border Terriers, and then decide what further action should be taken.

Cushings Disease:

Fourteen reports had been received all from dogs aged ten years plus. It seemed from this and from information on a Facebook Page on the condition in the breed, that it was a matter that required further action.

It was agreed that VetCompass should be asked to see if it could ascertain if the condition was more common in Border Terriers than in other breeds. If significantly greater, it was agreed that further breed specific involvement may be necessary.  If not, it was felt that the breed should work within the aegis of other non-breed specific research being carried out on the condition.

Irrespective of relative breed prevalence, it was agreed that the condition should be the subject of an Open Register on the BHG Website and that Eddie Houston should write up a protocol for the diagnosis required before dogs’ names can be added to the Register.

Other Conditions 

Brain Tumours: six reports (nine dogs). Eight aged over ten years and one around six or seven years

Distichiasis: Only one request about possible increased incidence.

Perthes Disease: One report.

It was agreed not to take any further immediate action on these conditions at this stage, but to keep a watching brief to see if further cases emerge.


The meeting with the Kennel Club Health Group to be held in June was discussed and the data provided in advance by the KC was examined and some errors pointed out.  These would be corrected at the meeting.

It was agreed that, going into the meeting, the priorities from the point of view of the breed should be as follows:

  • SLEM: To follow up and monitor test statistics and results
  • CECS: To support the research work being carried out by Mark Lowrie and AHT and to help with recruitment of sample cases.
  • OPEN REGISTERS: To initiate a system of open registers on the BHG Website starting with Gall Bladder Mucocoele and Cushings Disease and to give publicity to the scheme.
  • OPTIMUM CONTRIBUTION OF SIRES: To investigate with the Kennel Club the possibility of introducing, for Border Terriers, a system to calculate the influence of stud dogs on the genetic population of the breed and to show when sires are approaching a maximum advisable contribution level. The possibility of publication of the results on the KC Mateselect Facility with a red/amber/green indicator given, would be suggested.


Disappointment was expressed at the relatively low take up of the BHG Survey Form, which is now available both in hard copy form and on the BHG Website.

The possibility of periodically awarding a lottery prize for those who complete the survey was considered and Steve Dean and Ronnie Irving were asked to investigate this further.

In addition, it was agreed to ask the breed clubs to give more publicity to the survey in their newsletters and year books, on their websites and on their Facebook pages.





The meeting was Chaired by RI. It was attended by those listed as present above and:

Anne Heathcote – Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cheshire BTC

Mike Hollingsbee – East Anglia BTC

Chris Wallace – Midland BTC


Eddie Houston represented the Border Terrier Club


Apologies had been received from:

Anne Gregory – Scottish BTC

Christine Horner – Northern BTC

Tony Wrenn – Southern BTC


All of the issues covered at the meeting earlier in the day as above were discussed and reviewed and there was broad support for the conclusions reached and recommendations made.

The following additional issues were discussed.

Reaching the Maximum Audience

It was felt that though the BHG Websitre was being used by club members, it was not well enough known to those who were not members of the various clubs for the breed.

It was agreed that clubs with Facebook pages shouold be asked to publicise the existence of the BHG Website as frequently as possible and to publish the various new postings made to it as and when they become available.

Breed Club representatives were asked to get their Clubs to give particular cloverage to encourage people to complete:

  • The Health Survey and
  • The CECS questionnaire.


It was agreed that Chris Wallace would endeavour to find out what other information was available on the incidence of CECS. (See afternote under CECS above.)


Steve Dean explained the workings of VetCompass. In summary it is a ‘Big Data’ project drawing clinical reports from around 500 General Veterinary Practices across the UK. This produces a very large amount of information which can be interrogated to establish the prevalence of various illnesses and conditions across the dog population in the UK. The very large amount of data significantly reduces regional and selectional bias in the results. However, the system it not very good at identifying specific diseases and emerging conditions unless they have very good diagnostic information to rely upon. Some examples of the information arising from VetCompass can be found on the KC website in the Canine Genetics and Epidemiology Journal (The Journal can be easily found under the tab for Vets and Researchers and scroll to the bottom of the list – look for papers with Dan O’Neill as the lead author). There is a specific report in this Journal on Border Terriers.


It was suggested that although there was a good deal of specific advice available on health conditions, it might be advantageous for the Health Group to produce a note on ‘Buying a Border Terrier Puppy – The Questions to Consider’.

Championship Show Critique – 8th April 2018 – Judge David Hunt


SUNDAY  8th APRIL 2018



With apologies for the delay in submitting this critique.

My sincere thanks to the officers and committee of East Anglia Border Terrier Club for offering me this appointment.

Huge thanks to my sole steward Rob Brewster who efficiently organised the ring and exhibits all day despite being in poor health and needing constant medication throughout the day. Most of all my appreciation to the exhibitors for giving me the opportunity to assess your dogs.

With the ever rising cost of suitable venues, it was necessary to move this show from the much appreciated previous Burgess Hall at St Ives to a new Leisure Centre at Littleport. On the day the huge venue was shared with a large number of indoor bowls enthusiasts which meant there was a longish walk from the large car park to our hall. The hall itself was large enough but dog cages all around the hall gave rise to lots of noise and distraction from barking dogs which was very evident when listening to my dictaphone. At lunchtime, with lots of people all trying to use the cafe/restaurant at the same time, this  caused long queues and even longer waiting times for food and drinks to arrive, which in turn meant the lunch break overran.

I had the honour of judging the first border terrier club show to schedule Champion dog and bitch classes.

Prior to the show I was undecided about such classes but having here seen the smallish entries for both Open and Champions on reflection I see little point or need for them.

As always coats were at various stages but the exhibits were with a few exceptions in good condition. All males were entire. Bites were better than at previous appointments and I only found a few with misplaced teeth, however the size of teeth varies considerably. Although not a fault, I noticed a few liver noses. Several exhibits could benefit from attention to feet to produce the small feet as required. Movement in general was better at the rear than in front with

too many swinging fronts, moving wide or toeing in.


MINOR  PUPPY  DOG (5 Entries)

1st  DASSETT  LAST  WALTZ – Mrs S Spafford  – Grizzle & tan, just 6 months and developing nicely, Good head shape with strong muzzle and a good bite. Liked his length of neck leading to good shoulders, carrying a straight front  with ribs carried well back. Moved the best in this class holding his topline well. A close decision but just edged BEST  PUPPY  DOG

2nd  ROCKSAM  AT  RAISBAECK – Mrs G Hyslop – G/tan 7 months. Lovely head with dark eye and excellent bite. Neat feet and in excellent coat with a decent pelt. Another with a good topline and tailset. He moved OK but not quite the rear angulation of the winner.

3rd  OTTERBOBS MARQUIS – Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin – G/tan 8 months of good size. In full double coat. Nice dark eye but would prefer a little more underjaw. He has good angulation both front and rear and is in good condition.


PUPPY  DOG  (10 Entries)

1st  DANDYHOW  CAPTAIN  MORGAN – Mrs K M IRVING – G/tan 11 months. He is of a correct size, well balanced and narrow throughout. He has a typical head with well placed ears, good shoulder construction and neat feet. Moved out well both ways.

2nd  BRACKENFELL  ROCK  THE  BOAT  FOR  VANDAMERE – Mr S P Pollit – G/tan 11 months. Slightly larger type but spannable, scores in head with dark expressive eyes and strong muzzle with a bite of large teeth. Good front and sufficient bone. What coat there was is harsh. Would prefer a more level topline.

3rd  FISHERBLOOM  KISS  MY  CLASS  – Miss G Adams – Dark G/tan almost a year old. Another with a typical head, narrow front and good shaped ribs. Moved OK, better angled front than rear. Tail well set if a little long.


JUNIOR  DOG  (4 Entries)

1st  BRACKENFELL  ROCK  THE  BOAT  FOR  VANDAMERE – Mr S P Pollit – See 2nd Puppy Dog

2nd FISHERBLOOM  ALL  EYEZ  ON  ME –  Miss G Adams – G/tan 13 months in full double coat that was harsh and covers a good undercoat. Nice flat skull on a head of good proportions with neat ears. Good topline and tail placement. Movement a little loose at the front.

3rd  JRASAMUYR  CAMPBELL  BLACK – Miss C Khatchikian – 9 month B/tan A finer type all through. Rather plain in head but with a good bite. Decent front construction, harsh coat and spannable, Tailset OK and moves steadily.


YEARLING   DOG  (6 Entries) – A strong class

1st  CH BAILLIESWELLS GLENGYLE AT GLEBEHEATH JW – Mrs J Guvercin – An eyecatching dog who demanded attention from the moment he entered the ring. Of ideal size and weight he spans easily and looks good from all angles. Head is typical with good shaped dark eyes that give a real varminty expression. He is just right for bone with a narrow straight front ending in neat tight feet. Excellent lay of shoulder and rib shape through to sound hind quarters. This excellent balanced construction allows him to stride out round the ring moving easily and looking good in profile.. Has a good tailset and harsh double coat with sufficient pelt. Pleased to award him the DOG CC & BEST IN SHOW

2nd  OAKYARD  OUT N’ ABOUT AT DASSETT  – Mrs S Spafford – Another from the top drawer this red grizzle was unlucky to meet the winner on top form. He is of correct size with a nice flat skull has a strong muzzle and large teeth. Looks good in outline and well constructed both ends. With a harsh coat and pelt, his condition is excellent, which he uses to move truely both coming and going.

3rd  TOJAMATT  RHYTHM  N’ BLUES AT RAEDWULF  – Mr M & Mrs V I Atkinson – A useful sized red grizzle with attractive head and good bite. He is narrow in front and spannable with a well placed tail. He moved steadily but rather down on his pasterns. Coat coming through.


POST  GRADUATE  DOG (9 Entries )

1st  CEDARHILL AUTHORISATION – Mrs J Alpe – A good type, has a typical head with strong muzzle and carrying a full double coat today. Decent front and good bend of stifle at the rear end with well let down hocks. Hit topline is good and leads to a well places thick tail. In muscular condition he moved steadily.

2nd  TARKASWELL SMART MOVE TO OTTERWOOD – Mr & Mrs M Hollingsbee – Another of good type with a flat skull and little stop. Of a finer type than the winner he has a good length of neck, a loin that is firm and a good tail. In harsh coat he moves well at the rear but still a little loose at the front.

3rd  GLEBEHEATH SMASH N’GRAB AT JORDITH – Mrs L M & Mr A M Jordan-Smith – Not as on the leg as some he has a head of good shape , dark eye and correct bite. Pleasing rib shape with a coat of good texture and thick tail. He moved well at both ends but another down on his pasterns.


MID  LIMIT  DOG (3 Entries, 1 Absent)

1st  CHATMOSS BLUE TOOTH TONY JW –  Miss J Hughes – An appealing type, not overdone in any way. A quality head with good expression. OK for bone he spans well and has neat feet, but front legs need tidying. Has a  good double coat and moves easily at both ends. Particularly impresses with his rear angulation and firm condition.

2nd BRECKGREEN SOLDIER BLUE – Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green – This blue and tan is difficult to fault but just not the head quality of the winner being a fraction long in muzzle but with huge teeth. He carries a harsh coat and has good shoulder placement, with good length of ribs. Moves well both ends and is in super fit condition. His tail is a little long.


LIMIT  DOG (6 Entries)

1st  CEDARHILL GHOST WRITER – Mrs M Fleming – A dog I have appreciated from the ringside and does not disappoint on handling. I like his overall balance, type and outline. Good head with pleasing eye shape and expression. He is spannable, has good shoulders, well laid back, with a well angulated rear. With double coat and well set tail he moves with drive from behind.

2nd  STOWTHORNEY MR TICKLE – Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green – On the leg he has a strong muzzle with scissor bite of large teeth. Nicely boned front that is straight ending in neat feet with thick pads. Good in shoulder and rib, he moves OK , but stands just a fraction straight at the rear end.

3rd  LOCKHAUGH LINX TO GRINDELVALD –  Mrs M Bailey – Shown in his undercoat today you could appreciate his good construction and fit muscular condition. He has a lovely flat skull, dark eye and good ear placement. Nice length of neck and good angles front and rear. Moved steadily.


OPEN  DOG (5 Entries , 1 Absent)

1st  CH. BANDICOOT  DOC  MARTIN –  Ms V Docwra – A lovely exhibit who I awarded well at my previous appointment. On the leg he is rangy but so well put together in all corners. With a super head and straight narrow front  he stands and handles well. Spannable he had a harsh double coat and loose pelt today. Moved with confidence covering the ground well. Very close up to the winners.

2nd  WADESLEIA MR HERRIOT – Mrs H A & Mr A Fletcher – Another old favourite of mine. He has the strongest of heads with excellent bite of large teeth and super expression.  In good coat today he moved well on neat tight feet. Good length of neck and perfect tail set. With good angles front and rear, he was in firm condition with good muscle definition and moved soundly.

3rd GAMEWAY McVITIE –  Mrs P Clark – Of good type this dark g/tan is well put together in all areas. His head is not overdone and carries a good bite, ears a fraction large. With a dense coat and thick pelt he moved well on neat feet holding his level topline on the move. In good condition he just seemed a little disinterested today.


CHAMPION  DOG (3 Entries)  

1st  CH TYTHROP TIMEPIECE – Mrs J Lee – Of ideal size he is not exaggerated in any area. With a typical head of good proportions and good fill under the eye he has good expression and well placed ears. Good length of neck with straight, narrow front and tight feet. Well placed shoulder and good rear angulation. Looking good in topline and underline he moves easily around the ring using his muscular hindquarters. In harsh, tight coat and decent pelt.  RESERVE DOG CC & RESERVE BEST IN SHOW

 2nd  IR/INT CH PLOUGHDOWN PLATO  – Mr E & Dr M Armstrong –  A size larger than the winner this exhibit looks good in profile and was presented in tip top condition, not a hair out of place. Good head with strong underjaw and excellent bite. His good length of neck flows into lovely body lines with good length of rib and tail straight off the back end. Harshest of coats, he moves on neat feet with drive from behind but not quite as true in front.

3rd  INT CH/FR/IT/CRO/SLO CH STONECHESTER QUESTION VON JRASAMUYR MFH –  Ms C Khatchikian – A much heavier type who is difficult to span, but has a decent head and good bite. Carrying a coat that was very full he was difficult to judge and left the ring early.



1st  FISHERBLOOM ALL EYEZ ON ME – Miss G Adams – see 2nd Junior Dog

2nd  FISHERBLOOM  KISS  MY  CLASS  – Miss G Adams –  see 3rd Puppy dog

3rd  TWIGGLESTONE STEPS TO HEAVEN – Mrs L Aldous – Reserve in Puppy dog. 8 month g/tan of decent type with a typical head, dark eye and correct bite. A little heavy in ear he has a harsh double coat and was in fit condition. With enough bone and good rib shape he moved steadily.


VETERAN DOG  (6 Entries, 2 Absent)

1st  BEACONPIKE  RED  SATURN – Mr S & Mrs K Golding –  At nearly 8 this dog is nicely made and of ideal size being narrow throughout. Good in head with a short strong muzzle, dark eye and keen expression. Carrying a good coat and with well laid shoulders he looked good in outline and moved with purpose.

2nd  ONTHILL SUPER TROOPER – Mr R & Mrs A Ramus – A 9 year old close up to the winner who is defying his age. A typical head of good proportions but with ears big enough. Just right for bone with strong muscular neck into pleasing shoulder and good topline. Carrying a well tapered carrot tail and thick pelt he moved OK.

3rd  STBEDEHOUNDS FRANK IN SENSE OF RALINERO – Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine – A 10 year old b/tan of decent size who still has a correct bite. With a harsh coat, neat feet and well set tail he is better angulated at the front than the rear but moves OK.



2 very similar 4 year old g/tans from the same kennel both being top size and looking rather heavy but with thick double coats and pelts.

1st  INT CH/FR/IT/CRO/SLO CH STONECHESTER QUESTION VON JRASAMUYR MFH –  Ms C Khatchikian -see  3rd  Champion Dog – Preferred the better head shape and front of the winner, his body is deep enough but with well angulated hindquarters. Moving rather wide at the front.

2nd  INT CH/FR/IT/CRO/RSM/SLO CH STONECHESTER APOSTRAPHE VON JRASAMUYR MFHMs C Khatchikian – Similar comments to the above but not as good in topline or tailset.



1st  GLEBEHEATH FINGERS ON LIPS – Mrs J  Guvercin  – 8 month old light g/tan who is of correct size for age with a head of good proportions, strong jaw and little stop. Her well placed dark eyes give good expression. Beautiful narrow front and stands well on neat feet. Her neck flows into well laid shoulders and on to a level topline. With good rib shape and nicely made hindquarters she is carrying a tight double coat at its best to give an overall balanced picture. Handled so well she moves easily and true both ways. Pleased to award her  BEST  PUPPY  BITCH & BEST PUPPY IN SHOW

2nd  OTTERBOBS DUCHESS – Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin – Another 8 month g/tan quality puppy of good size. Her head is typical with a strong bite of sizeable teeth. Decent neck and shoulders lead to a body of good length and correct rib. She scores highly in hindquarters being muscular with good angulation and bens of stifle, using this to move with purpose from behind but front should tighten a little with maturity. Excellent coat and pelt.

3rd  ESYNTONA CODEWORD VANDAMERE – Mr M & Mrs V L Atkinson – At 7 months this b/tan bitch is a size larger than 1 & 2 and does not have their level topline. She looks very good at the front with a dark eye and a decent head, good neck and feet. Body is OK but rather lacking in angulation at the rear with a longish thin tail


PUPPY  BITCH  (8 Entries, 1 Absent )

1st  ONTHILL LA ROCK AT GRIZZLEDALE – Mrs M J Medhurst – Almost a year this g/tan is of a useful handy size. The more you looked the better she became. Very feminine head and well placed small ears. Good front construction and shoulder placement with sufficient bone. Nicely shaped ribs and firm hindquarters with a tail well set and of good length. In harsh double coat and thick pelt she strode out well and true at both ends.

2nd  BADGERBECK TINY DANCER AT BLUEBABEL – Mr K P & Mrs N S Yeates – Lots to like about this 11 month b/tan who has a typical head and good bite. Sufficient length of neck with a well placed shoulder and straight front carrying the neatest of feet. Perhaps a little longer in body than some but she held her topline and well set tail on the move when covering the ground well. Harsh coat coming through.

3rd  THISTLEMEAD HARMONY  – Mrs P M Heeley – 11 month g/tan with a strong head and muzzle, dark eye and a good scissor bite. Correct in shoulder and well off for bone, her ribs could be carried a little further back. She was in fit muscular condition with excellent rear angulation which she used to drive round the ring. In full double coat and decent pelt.


JUNIOR  BITCH  (9 Entries, 2 Absent )

1st  GAMEWAY  LOVE OF THE CHASE  – Mrs P Clark – Stood out in this class. 18 month g/tan and a quality bitch with head of good proportions, with flat skull, strong muzzle and lovely bite. Well off for bone her straight front leads to compact tidy feet. With a well laid shoulder, good topline and underline she strides out well both coming and going using her nicely angulated rear end, In good coat with a very thick pelt she carries her tail well.

2nd  MARSIRDAN  JEMIMA  PUDDLE  –  Mr M Service –  Another well made bitch who is up to size but who appeals for type and just spans.She has a pleasing head of good shape and good length of neck. Excellent topline and thick carrot tail well set on. Used her strong rear end to drive out to drive out well all around the ring. In decent coat I preferred the front construction of the winner.

3rd  ONTHILL CRYSTAL ROCK  – Mr R & Mrs A Ramus – Just a year and on the leg she is spannable and well put together but big enough. With a quality head and good bite she has a good neck, narrow front and body, with small feet. Lovely shaped ribs, level topline and tight coat she moves out well but is not as well developed in hindquarters.


YEARLING   BITCH  (10 Entries, 2 Absent )

1st  OAKYARD  ON  SONG – Mr J Parry – An appealing bitch of top quality, she is of easy spannable size and is well made throughout. Carries a typical head with nice flat skull and little stop plus a good bite. Her lovely neck flows easily into an excellent shoulder. Neat narrow front and and a body that carries ribs well back. She is long enough and has well developed hindquarters used to flow with confidence around the ring. In tight double coat.

2nd  BOWENCLOUD  THE  BEE  CHARMER  – Mrs S J Ruth – A close decision between 1 & 2 with lots to like about this nicely balanced bitch who was good in head with strong muzzle, a dark eye and carrying a keen expression. With good angulation front and rear her ribs are carried well back. In firm condition with good muscle tone she appeals in topline and underline when moving positively around the ring. Rather down on her front pasterns.

3rd  WADESLEIA  DEAR  PRUDENCE  – Mrs H A & Mr A Fletcher – Of good size with a decent head showing little stop and a good bite. Standing a little wide in front she has a good reach of neck with muscular front end and well laid shoulder. In decent double coat she has a level topline and good rear quarters and a well set short thick tail.

She moved better at the rear than the front.


POST  GRADUATE  BITCH (10 Entries, 2 Absent )

1st  CEDARHILL SHOOTING STAR – Mrs J Alpe – Of a size smaller than most but everything all in proportion and well put together. With a feminine head of good shape and well placed ears she has a good bite. Well angulated at both ends she has a narrow straight front, tight feet and good bodylines With a thick double coat and pelt she is in firm condition and spans with ease. Moves out well from both ends.

2nd  FISHERBLOOM  DIABOLI  AT  OTTERWOOD  JW – Mr & Mrs M Hollingsbee – Of top size this bitch has a head of good type and strong underjaw. With a straight front and good neck she is well off for bone and her deep body has ribs of good shape carried well back With a double coat that carries good ticking and a correctly placed tail she moves well from nicely angled rear quarters.

3rd  BANDICOOT  MAID  OF  TARTH – Miss R C Lane – Impressed with the head of this exhibit which has abroad flat skull and strong muzzle. Decent in neck and well angled both ends. Spannable and with a coat coming through she carries her short thick tail well. With low set hocks she moved OK but another rather down on her pasterns.


MID  LIMIT  BITCH (9 Entries, 2 Absent)

1st  PUZZLERS HOPE FULL HATTIE AT BROADSMILL  –  Mrs L Pinkham – I was surprised by the way the movement on this bitch has improved since I last judged her. Her head is broad with well set dark eyes set wide apart.  She has sufficient bone with a good straight front and neat feet. In good condition with good lay of shoulder and well ribbed back. Her back end is strong and has a tail set spot on. In harsh double coat with thick pliable pelt she strode out well both ways.

2nd  BYREWICK VALENTINE – Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green – A close decision. A b/tan with lots of ticking who is in tip top condition. She is a well balanced bitch with a pleasing head and good bite. Good length of neck leads to a body with well shaped ribs and strong loin. Good in hindquarters with hocks let well down she keeps her shape well on the move. Has a harsh, dense coat and thick skin.

3rd  FOXPAW  REVELATION  JW – Mr P & Mrs H Fulker – A smaller type of a handy size. Good in head with a correct bite and little stop. She looks good in profile with a well placed short tail and is nicely constructed both ends.  She lacked coat on the day and although driving out well from the rear was a little loose in front movement.


LIMIT  BITCH (4 Entries)

1st  BANDICOOT  DRAGON  GLASS  – Ms V Docwra –  What a cracking bitch this is. Not a small girl but she spans deceptively well and looks good in outline when standing and moving. With a strong head of correct proportions, strong jaw and lovely bite, her ears are well placed. Clean neck leads to an excellently constructed shoulder with a straight narrow front and tidy feet. She has a narrow body with lovely shaped ribs, strong loin and well angled rear in firm condition. Her double coat revealed plenty of undercoat with a thick skin. She strode out well in  every direction and I liked enough to award her BITCH  CC & BEST OPPOSITE SEX

2nd  SULAN  STRICTLY  BLUES  DANCIN’  –  Mrs S J Baxter – A b/tan of good quality with lots to like. Of good size her head has a flat skull with good width between the ears and strong muzzle. Just right for bone with a straight front and neat feet. Good length of rib leads to racy hindquarters and a well set tail. With both topline and underline looking good she moves better at the rear than the front.

3rd  ARGENTAIL  TITANIA BY ONTHILL – Mr R & Mrs A Ramus – A decent size with typical head and expression she has a strong bite of large teeth. Nice narrow front and OK for bone. Good front assembly and shape of ribs, carrying a full double coat with thick pelt. Moves well bur lacks bend of stifle.


OPEN  BITCH  (7 Entries , 3 Absent)

1st  BRANKELL  DOUBLE  OR  QUITS JW –  Mr P Brannan & Miss M Kelly – A close decision between 1 & 2, just preferring the head of the winner Quality all through she has a strong head with good muzzle, little stop and a keen expression. Well handled she looks good in all departments. Super lay of shoulder with good body shape, strong loin and good bend of stifle. In good double coat and thick loose pelt she is just right for bone and spans well. Driving out well from behind with good front action she covers the ground well. Seriously considered for higher honours.

2nd  CH TARKASWELL  DOUBLE  AGENT  JW ShCM – Mrs C E Sansom – Another well known quality bitch who is all border. Her lovely feminine head is all in proportion with neat dark ears and good bite. She has a clean narrow front and stands on neat feet. Good shoulder placement and a deep body with ribs carried well back. Her hindquarters are good and muscular, carrying a well set short tail. In harsh double coat with decent pelt, she moves with confidence and purpose at both ends..

3rd  TWIGGLESTONE  ELFENOR  JW  ShCM – Mrs L Aldous – Good for size and is quite typical lin head with a short strong muzzle, nice dark eye and little stop with good expression. Nice reach of neck into a straight front but stands a little wide. Deep in rib with clean body lines. She spans well with a good topline and muscled rear quarters. With a double coat coming through nicely she moved out steadily at the rear.


CHAMPION  BITCH ( 5 Entries, 1 Absent )  – 3 worthy champions, all spannable

1st  CH  TYTHROP  TURN  BACK  TIME – Mrs J Lee –  Nothing exaggerated about this ideal sized b/tan bitch. Her typical head is of good shape and she has good bite, short muzzle, dark eye and well placed ears of correct thickness. She has good neck and super lay of shoulder, narrow front and tight neat feet well up on her toes. With a body of good length her ribs are well shaped and lead to a firm loin with well angulated rear end. Lovely topline/underline and a short thick tail, her harsh double coat is dense with a thick pelt. Looking very balanced she moves easily and true as she strides out across the ring..  RESERVE BITCH CC

2nd  CH OTTERBOBS XOLANA  – Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin – A close decision between 1 & 2 and she is of very similar size and has many of the winners’ qualities. Her head is of good proportions and has a good strong bite. Liked her keen expression and the way her neck flows into excellent shoulders, a level topline with her tail spot on. Ideal for bone another with the neatest of feet in first class condition. Has good coat and loose pelt, her well developed rear end is used to cover the ground as she drives from behind.

3rd  IR CH  PLOUGHDOWN  PALOMA  – Mr E & Dr M Armstrong – A very balanced bitch who is well handled. A fraction larger that 1 & 2, with strength in muzzle, jaw and little stop. Good neck, shoulder and front with forechest. Narrow throughout with good body her topline is excellent with a short well placed tail. Strong rear end with well defined muscle. In good coat and pelt she moves true both ends and looks good all ways.


SPECIAL  BEGINNERS  BITCH  ( 9 Entries, 1 Absent ) 

1st  TWIGGLESTONE  ELFENOR  JW  ShCM – Mrs L Aldous – See 3rd Open Bitch

2nd  FISHERBLOOM  THATS WOT I LIKE  – Miss G Adams –  Reserve in JB. Just over a year this g/tan has good head qualities with a dark eye and good bite. She spans well and is good in shoulder, standing well up on neat feet. With narrow body and ribs of good shape she has a good tailset and rear end. Moved smartly both ways.

3rd  GOXFELL REIVERS ROSE – Mrs J Stamp – Reserve in MPB. At almost 8 months this b/tan puppy is developing nicely. With a head of good proportions she has a strong jaw and well placed ears.  Good straight front and another well up on her toes she spans easily and is well made throughout. Nicely set tail and moved out with confidence at the rear, just needing to tighten a little in front. She carries a well ticked harsh coat and decent skin.


VETERAN BITCH  (10 Entries, 4 Absent )

1st  INT/AM GCH/CAN CH  SULAN  FANCY  THAT – Mrs S J Baxter – – At almost 11 years, I have given this bitch a veteran class before and her quality goes on. She has a good head with short strong muzzle. Of good size and still spannable, she has quality all through being good in front, both quarters and still holding a level topline. In fit condition for her age she has a crisp double coat and still moves soundly both ways.

2nd  SOUTHASH  CHERRY  BLISS  AT  SMURFSKI – Mr J C B Yore – At over 8 this handy sized bitch spans easily and has a feminine head of good quality with neat ears and expression. Nicely balanced she is good in profile with level topline, correct tailset and decent underline. Nice front , neat feet and good in body through to nicely angulated rear. In firm condition her coat is thick and she drove out positively at both ends.

3rd  BAYWILLOW  BROWN  BRAID  JW  ShCM – Mrs G Hyslop – Another smaller compact type who spans with ease. Strong head with short, broad muzzle. Good length of neck to a front which although straight her legs are rather short leaving her rather unbalanced. With thick coat and pelt her tail is of the best i.e. well set, short and carrot like. She moved well both coming and going.





Joint Border Terrier Club Show – 6th May 2018

Hosted by Yorkshire Lancashire & Cheshire Border Terrier Club

Longridge Civic Hall

Calder Avenue



PR3  3HJ


Judge Mrs Melanie Lewis (Tonromel)

Show opens 9.00am     Judging 9.30 am


Postal entries close Saturday 7th April

on line entries close 21st April (midnight)  Cavalier Impressions


Secretary Mrs Tina Green

(01302) 726202

CECS/PGSD Briefing Meeting




A briefing meeting was held at the Animal Health Trust on February 15th 2018, to outline plans for a project aimed at identifying regions of the genome associated with Canine Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome (CECS) / Paroxysmal Gluten Sensitive Dyskinesia (PGSD) in the Border Terrier.

Those invited to attend had included

  • Representatives of the group which had raised considerable funds for the Animal Health Trust through social media and a Justgiving Page
  • Members of the Border Terrier Breed Health Group
  • Health Representatives from the seven UK Border Terrier breed clubs and the Swedish Border Terrier Club.

Presentations were given by Sally Ricketts and Chris Jenkins of the AHT Canine Genetics Group at the Kennel Club Genetics Centre, and Mark Lowrie (RCVS & ECVN) who is a veterinary specialist in neurology.



The plan is to conduct a collaborative project aimed at identifying regions of the genome associated with PGSD by performing a ‘Genome-Wide Association Study’ (GWAS), also known as a genome scan.

To ensure optimal efficacy, the GWAS is planned to use dogs from a tightly defined clinical definition of the disease, including only CECS-affected dogs that are sensitive to gluten as affected examples (cases) , and carefully selected unaffected examples (control samples)

A study previously carried out by Mark Lowrie has linked CECS to gluten sensitivity and Gluten sensitive CECS has now been named ‘paroxysmal gluten sensitive dyskinesia’ (PGSD).

Mention was made of a recent overseas study aimed to identify genetic variants that might contribute to the development of CECS. This had been carried out using DNA samples collected from Border Terriers in Finland, The Netherlands, and Germany. This investigation included a GWAS that tested thousands of markers across the genome, but it had been unable to identify any regions of the DNA associated with the disease. It was thought that this may have been because the dogs included had been from different countries, had included a wide range of clinical features, and had relied on owner-reported signs as opposed to clinical diagnoses. It was thought that this broad definition of cases may have been the reason that the Finnish study had been unable to identify any associated regions of the DNA.

The present proposed study would attempt to eliminate as many of these drawbacks as possible, by carrying out a more focused study including only CECS-affected dogs that are sensitive to gluten as the cases, and carefully selected unaffected dogs as control samples.

The first objective will be to collect cheek swab samples from a minimum of 100 well-defined PGSD cases and between 100 to 200 unaffected controls.



Work is currently going on to provide a clear, yet simple, definition of precisely what dogs will be required as case samples and what as control samples. Collecting a tightly defined sample set will be crucial to giving the best likelihood of successfully identifying regions of the DNA associated with PGSD.

When these definitions have been clearly defined and agreed, the cases and controls for the study will be recruited through the Kennel Club, the Border Terrier breed clubs in the UK; and via an appeal in the veterinary media. For this study, only UK based dogs will be used, all of them descended from current UK lines. A brief questionnaire will be used initially to determine that affected or unaffected dogs are suitable for inclusion in the study and for affected dogs, video footage of a typical episode will be requested to enable as accurate a diagnosis to be carried out on each affected dog to be used. For unaffected cases to be included in the study confirmation will be required that they are not on a gluten-free diet. Owners of affected dogs fulfilling the above criteria will then be asked to have their dogs tested for the currently recommended serological tests for PGSD. The results will be reviewed by Mark Lowrie to confirm that they can be used in the study.

An full application for ethical approval from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons  for this research will be submitted by Mark Lowrie to enable the serum sampling to be carried out.



The costs for the initial sample recruitment for serological blood tests (affected cases only) is estimated at ~£10K with swab test costs for the unaffected cases estimated at ~£2K. So, Phase 1 to obtain the required samples is estimated at ~£12K.

This will be more than covered by the funds currently held by the AHT and provided by Just Giving and Social Media donations.

Once the samples have been organised, a further ~£36K will be required to carry out the GWAS and another ~£4K to carry out Whole Genome Sequencing of two cases – total ~£40K.

It was hoped that some of this £40K will come from additional Social Media funding, some from the Border Terrier Breed Health Group Fund (contributed by the clubs for Border Terriers and other donors), and some from other sources

The total time to complete the project may be anything up to 3 years.


Arising from questions raised at the briefing the following points were noted:

  • It was estimated that roughly 90% of Border Terriers affected by CECS are gluten sensitive and do respond favourably to a gluten free diet.
  • The genetics of CECS/PGSD is likely to be complex with multiple genes associated with the disease.
  • Therefore, there is no certainty that the planned study will successfully identify regions of the genome associated with PGSD.
  • Even with a successful outcome for this phase of the study, the available advice to breeders may not be of a clear black and white nature. It may simply be indicative and give statistical probabilities of what may result from various breeding combinations of dogs
  • Great care will have to be taken in the selection of affected case dogs and unaffected control dogs.



The next moves will be:

  • Obtaining RCVS final Ethical approval for the serological testing to be carried out by Veterinary Surgeons.
  • Production of clear and simple definitions for required sample dogs, to be used to recruit affected cases and unaffected control dogs.
  • Sample recruitment over an 18 month period
  • Application to Breed Health Group for part funding
  • Application to other potential external funders
  • Carrying out of the GWAS and then whole genome sequencing.

The AHT was asked to report on progress regularly – say three monthly – even if only to give a brief update of progress on sample recruitment etc.



There was considerable enthusiasm to proceed with the project but with realistic recognition that there were no guarantees of success and that specific clear ‘black and white’ advice for breeders may not inevitably follow even a relatively successful first phase, in fact for a complex genetic disease a simple SLEM like test is extremely unlikely.

It may be that it will be possible to develop a genetic risk score based on a number of genetic regions, with utility similar to the EBVs used for Labrador Retriever hip dysplasia. Importantly, the study could lead to an improved biological understanding of the disease, which may help with the development of possible preventive therapies or treatments.



Present at the Briefing were:


Genetics                    Sally Ricketts, Chris Jenkins

Neurology                 Mark Lowrie


Michelle Barnett, Jan Gale, Dr Andy Harbottle, Mike Hollingsbee, Ronnie Irving, Janet Lee, Loulou Troupe, Chris Wallace, Tony Wrenn


RI/February 21, 2018